Dark Chocolate Oat Cake Slices

Hello everyone, I hope your day has been well.

Today’s post is all about these delicious cake slices. I’m trying to create recipes that are slightly healthier but still taste good. I decided to use a dark chocolate with a cocoa percentage higher than 70% because it contains less sugar and is much healthier. Dark chocolate is also a great source of antioxidants providing health benefits to the body. It is important to check the ingredients when buying dark chocolate because most products sold are not what they claim. Oats are linked to a feeling of fullness and provide digestive benefits. Oats are also nutrient dense and contain good sources of fibre, carbohydrates and manganese. These cake slices tasted so good and I would recommend eating it freshly baked and warm straight from the oven.

Recipe: Dark Chocolate Oat Cake Slices (5 slices)

Ingredients

60g butter

60g sugar

1 egg

50g self raising flour

25g oats

2 blocks dark chocolate, grated

Method

  • Preheat the oven to gas mark 6 and line a loaf tin with baking paper.
  • Cream the butter and sugar together in a bowl and mix in the egg.
  • Next add the flour, oats and grated chocolate.
  • Combine everything in a bowl and place in the tin, bake in the oven for 20-25 minutes until fully cooked. Leave to cool before serving.

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*Nutritional information is sourced from Google*

Apple Crumble Muffins

Hey everyone, I hope you are all well and excited for this festive season.

Although it’s been a strange year, Christmas is something I always look forward to every year. I love the festive season, Christmas films, food, family, work celebrations and everything else. These muffins are not Christmas related but definitely seasonal. I had the idea of combining the 2 together and was so surprised to see many recipes online. The crumble is nice and crunchy and the cake is so soft and the apples add more sweetness.

Recipe: Apple Crumble Muffin (makes 7)

Ingredients

110g self raising flour

65ml oil

95ml milk

1/2 egg (save the rest in a container in the fridge)

80g caster sugar

1 apple grated, squeeze out the juice

35g plain flour

55g oats

35g brown sugar

40g butter

1/2 tsp cinnamon

Method

  • Preheat the oven to gas mark 5 and place 7 muffin cases on a tray.
  • Place the self raising flour, oil, milk, egg, caster sugar and apple into a bowl and mix well. Evenly spoon into the cases.
  • Next use you fingers to rub in the flour, oats, sugar, butter and cinnamon. Add this crumble mix to the top of the muffin batter.
  • Bake in the oven for 20-25 minutes until the crumble is golden. The actual cake will look quite pale but it should be cooked.
  • Leave to cool completely before eating.

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Traditional Rock Cakes

Hello everyone, I hope your day has been well. Today’s recipe is Rock Cakes. Traditionally from Ireland, UK with ingredients such as dried fruit and spices which gives it the common taste. I love keeping them in the oven for an extra 5 minutes to get a crunchy outer layer but it is still soft and very cake like in the middle. These are great to make because they have a rustic vibe and can be eaten any time of the day, not so indulgent but still tastes great. Before adding the egg it might look like there is not enough liquid but just give it a good mix until everything combines together.

Recipe: Rock Cakes (makes 14)

Ingredients

200g self-raisng flour

1 tsp baking powder

1 tsp mixed spices

100g butter

40g granulated sugar

45g demerara sugar

50g mixed dried fruit

1 egg

2 tbsp milk (I used a milk substitute)

Method

  • Preheat the oven to gas mark 5 and line 2 trays with parchment paper.
  • Put the flour, baking powder, mixed spice and butter into a bowl and use your fingers to rub in the mixture until it resembles breadcrumbs.
  • Then add the sugars and dried fruit giving it a mix.
  • Next add the egg and milk, nixing until the mixture is smooth and well combined.
  • Spoon the mixture onto the trays and bake in the oven for 25 minutes until golden brown.
  • Leave to cool before eating

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Chocolate Marble Cupcakes

Hey everyone, I hope your day has been well.

I’m posting a little late in the day but I felt like making something slightly indulgent but not too sweet and I decided on chocolate marble cupcakes. I love the combination of vanilla and chocolate together. These cupcakes are light, moist and they taste amazing. I even added a little chocolate icing on a few. Cupcakes are such a simple thing to bake and enjoyable for everyone.

Recipe: Chocolate Marble Cupcakes (makes 12)

Ingredients

125g butter

125g caster sugar

2 eggs

125g self raising flour

1/2 tsp vanilla extract

1 tbsp cocoa powder

Method

  • Preheat the oven to gar mark 5 and place 12 cupcake cakes on a tray.
  • Beat the butter and sugar together in a bowl until smooth.
  • Add the eggs one at a time mixing until well combined. Then sieve in the flour and mix.
  • Split the mixture, pouring 1/3 into a smaller bowl and mix in the cocoa powder.
  • To the larger bowl add the vanilla extract and mix well. Use a tablespoon to divide this mixture evenly between the cases.
  • Use a teaspoon to add the chocolate mixture to the centre of the cupcakes and use a cocktail stick too gently mix both mixtures. Do this until both mixture are used up.
  • Put the tray in the oven for 25 minutes until cooked right through.
  • Leave to cool before eating (or adding any toppings)

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Lemon Pound Cake

Hello everyone, I hope you’ve had a good day today. The recipe I have here is a Lemon Pound Cake, something I was trying to create and bake for a little while. I love the texture of the cake and the bright yellow colour, it also reminds me of the cake served with school dinners, fluffy and filling!! I really enjoyed making the cake because the ingredients and method were very different to a normal cake but it turned out amazing and tastes delicious. This cake would be perfect for any occasion and enjoyed by many people.

Recipe: Lemon Pound Cake (makes 1 loaf tin)

Ingredients

280g self-raising flour

2 tsp baking powder

195g caster sugar

1/4 tsp salt

Zest of 1/2 a lemon

110g butter

1 egg

235ml milk

1 tsp vanilla extract

3 tbsp lemon juice

Method

  • First thing, preheat the oven to gas mark 5 and line a loaf tine with baking paper.
  • Then add the dry ingredients (flour,, baking powder, sugar, salt and zest) to a large bowl and mix well.
  • Next, add the butter, egg, milk, vanilla extract and lemon juice.
  • Mix everything together until you get a smooth cake batter, that’s still a little thick.
  • Pour into the loaf tin and bake in the oven for 1 hour, but after the first 30 minutes turn it up to gas mark 6.
  • Dust with a little icing sugar and leave to cool down completely before serving.

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